I would like to understand the nuances. What is the correct way to use:
"Therefore, I …" or "I, therefore …"


Therefore - (adverb) "because of that", "for that reason".

Not a word I would use in ordinary conversation, but very useful in the written language.

  • "I, therefore, suggest that..." x "Therefore, I suggest that..."

Semantically speaking, I can see no difference between them. The former, however, seems to emphasize the subject.

  • Yes. It would sound pompous if not used to stress contrast with a suggestion by a previous speaker etc. Jan 18 '15 at 13:37

It's all about emphasis. When I say "Therefore, I ..." I automatically have a larger pause between 'therefore' and 'I'; whereas when I say "I, therefore ..." the pause is smaller between those two words.

"Therefore, I ..." can have more gravitas than "I, therefore ..." and can infer a level of authority, urgency or even aggression.

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